really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,264 miles

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2005 Toyota Highlander brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 052016


  • 50 miles


When I was trying to park my Toyota Highlander 2005 in front of the building where I work, backing up, the engine iddle went extremely high and I tried to stop, but I could not do it because the steering wheel and the brakes locked. I tried to put the gear in neutral, but instead, it went straigh to drive, so it causes major damages to 2 vehicles behind mine, and other 3 in front of mine too. Also my vehicle destroyed a mail box and a tree, but I could not stop until my Highlander stopped by itself totally destroyed. I ended up in the hospital with some trauma.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 192015

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 192,868 miles
Driving down the freeway the rear passenger wheel locked up. Had to cut across two lanes of traffic to the side. The wheel still totally locked when it had to be dragged onto a flat bed. Luckily there was no injuries. Still not 100% sure or what's wrong but guessing it has something to do with the traction/ABS control system. They really should look into a recall because this seems to be a common issue.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #2

Oct 312013


  • 37,804 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated while driving approximately 10 mph from a complete stop, the brake pedal traveled to the floor upon engaging. The vehicle failed to slow down and crashed into another vehicle. The driver's side air bag partially deployed. The contact suffered bruises and minor pain to the chest as a result of the driver's side seat belt faulty webbing. In addition, the seat belt retractor would not function during the crash. The front hood and bumper were damaged. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 37,804.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #1

Apr 132012


  • 70,333 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V499000 (service brakes, hydraulic:foundation components:master cylinder). The contact stated that the brakes seized abnormally, shortly after leaving the dealer. The contact also stated that she never saw any of the technicians service her vehicle. The vehicle was then taken to the contact's personal mechanic but was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 70,333.

- Olds, IA, USA

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